Fairfax County police are investigating the deaths of two dogs who ate toxic meatballs.
Police say animal control officers were called to a home in the 15100 block of Olddale Road in Centreville at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. A five-month-old pit bull had eaten a meatball tainted with an unidentified toxic substance and became sick. Officers then found that a West Highland Terrier at a nearby home also had eaten a tainted meatball around the same time. Both dogs later died.
Officials say meatballs were found in the backyards of three neighboring homes. They say the meatballs are being tested at a local lab.
Police say residents should inspect their yards for unusual or suspicious items, and if they find any, they should call police right away.
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